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around before your super sunday is over. temperatures are in the 30s right now. not even all that cold outside first thing this morning. 38 degrees at national airport. 36 in fairfax and arlington this morning. 37, manassas. over into the old state of maryland, 39. 39 in gaithersburg. 38 in annapolis. so windchills are back down into the upper 20s and low 30s. not all that chilly. enough for a jacket for sure. there's your forecast through your sunday afternoon. increasing amounts of sunshine. milder than yesterday. yesterday we made it into the low 40s for a brief time. because of all the drizzle, fog and cloud cover, nobody appreciated it. today we can appreciate that. >> i did try to chip away at the ice on the front stoop. >> with some success? >> not much. yeah. >> a safe stepping point. >> thanks for your optimism. thank you, chuck. a mother trying to make sense of her little boy's tragic death. fire ripped through their southeast washington apartment friday night.
now that mother is asking if this could have been prevented. news 4's darcy spencer has the story. it. >> shouldn't even have happened. >> reporter: a distraught mother is devastated over the loss of her youngest child. 4-year-old allen alexander died in their apartment friday evening. >> he was 4. he didn't bother nobody. he was happy. he played with his sisters and brothers. he woke up every morning and said good morning to everybody. anybody needed anything, he was right there for them. >> reporter: fire officials say several people were trapped in the building. fire blocked escape from the front. around back, there were bars on the windows ask a locked gate on the rear door. the father had asked maintenance to remove the bars over the door. >> nobody had the keys.
and i'm pretty sure they had a key. my son would still be alive right now. >> reporter: allen was in the apartment with his older brother, 9-year-old julius and 13-year-old aries. the mother had made a quick run to the storchlt fire officials say they rescued the three children from the building but allen died at a hospital later in the effect. >> he was with me, around me every day. i can't even wake up with him any more. >> reporter: neighbors held a candlelight vigil. >> whenever a tragedy occurs in a family you have to pull together. it's the only way you'll make it through. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news 4 today. this morning two u.s. hikers held in iran will go on trial. shane bauer and josh fattal were arrested in july 2009 along the iran/iraq borderment they say
they were on a hiking trip, but iran accused them of spying. sarah shourd was release odd bail and returned to the u.s. in september. lawyers have not been able to meet with the hikers since sarah was released. now to the civil chaos in egypt. after nearly two weeks of demonstrations, there was a brief moment of hope that it would all come to an end. rumors swirld that president mu bar ek would step down. turned out other key members of egypt's leadership were resigning. richard engel is in cairo with the latest. >> reporter: protesters are still camped out in ta rear, shouting, calling for more democracy and urging president mu bar ek to leave. they remain nervous they will be attacked. they resisted when the military tried to remove barricades they set up. the army wants to open the square to traffic.
for 12 days, the government had struggled to deal with the protesters. first, it fought them with police, water cannons and tear gas. but the protests got bigger. then it sent goon squads to attack the demonstrators, although the government denies it was responsible. the protesters fought back and then showed off their wounded in a victory parade. now, the government seems to be settling on a more sophisticated strategy, giving the demonstrators most of what they want. and waiting until other egyptians turn on the protesters for stagnating egypt's xhempt the egyptian economy is trying to slow this down by promising reforms and making changes to convince the people a that they can get what they want without a full revolution. >> the protesters, time is in many ways the enemy. they have got to keep the international media spotlight on
themselves. they have got to keep the regime's feet to the firchlt the longer things go on the harder it will be to maintain international opinion, international focus on them. >> reporter: while the united states has pushed for reforms, arab states are pushing just as hard for mu bar ek to stay in egypt, fearing if he goes, they'll be next. and protests now confined mostly to central cairo will spread across the middle east. >> despite damp conditions, hundreds rallied outside the embassy in northwest and marched to the white house. the group amnesty international helped organize the rally. they urged president mubarak to
resign. >> for national security of the united states, democracy, and backing the people is the way. >> some of those protesters yesterday came from as far as away as detroit and toledo for the rally here in d.c. a traffic alert for those heading into chinatown today. if you're headed down for the caps slshs pens game, you might want to consider taking public transportation. ma many streets will be closed for the chinese new year parade. all the streets in red will be closed from 1:30 to 3:30. the nationally twiced game starts at 12:30. you can catch it right here on nbc 4. seven minutes now after the hour. and chuck is here. the forecast will be great for a parade. >> compared to how gloomy it was yesterday, today will be a nice outdoor weather today. we'll talk about that.
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saturday, february 6th, 2010, this is what it looked like. snowmageddon swept through the d.c. area. better to say dumped on the d.c. area. the blizzard paralyzed our mid atlantic, stopping almost all travel, cutting power to thousands for days. d.c. has received a foot or more 13 times since 1870. the football faithful gathering in texas have had to deal with their own mini snowmageddon. >> fans are finally getting a chance to party. jay gray has more from arlington, texas. >> reporter: what a difference a day makes. >> thank god the sun is out. >> reporter: sunshine replacing snow and ice in north texas, and giving the most important super bowl team a chance to work on the field 300 feet above the ground. >> we have roughly 30 people on the work taking care of ice and snow removal. >> reporter: ropes and hoses the
offensive weapons, chipping away at the ice of the roof of cowboys stadium. of course winter weather was not the original game plan for the first super bowl in north texas. >> this is a fiasco for dallas. >> reporter: snow and ice blitzing the big party and sacking local businesses, leaving empty tables and restaurants in open spots and area bars. >> it was slower than anticipated. but with the weather warming up like it is and the volume we're having, i think it's going to turn right around. >> reporter: finally, giving the die-hard fans something other than the weather to yell about. but thousands could be screaming about the conditions again later today. the forecast is for temperatures in the 30s with a wintery mix with snow, rain, and even some sleet. jay gray, nbc news, arlington, texas. >> everybody will be drunk by then so it doesn't matter. >> oh, aaron! >> a little cynical. sorry. >> it's a little early in the
afternoon for them. >> they're an hour earlier. >> that's what i'm saying. >> in all fairness to aaron's point, i don't think it will matter to most people. not everybody acts irresponsibly. >> not everybody. >> drinking is one thing. drunk is irresponsible. >> okay. and on to the weather, chuck. >> hard feelings and blame. that's where it a all comes from. exactly. outside a very chilly start in a few places this morning but not quite as cold it it could be this time of year. nothing compared to all the snow we had a year ago. clouds over washington. but skies are having a clearing trend today. so we'll end up with a decent amount of sunshine for the second half of your weekend. as you look live over washington, washington monument standing proud. yesterday we couldn't even see the top of the monument. partly cloudy skies. 38 degrees the current temperature. winds have come back around to the northwest at 10 miles per
hour. a little hint of a windchill in the washington area. 36 now at dulles international airport. 35 for quantico. down towards fredericksburg, clinton and brandywine, 38 degrees. rainfall amounts over the last couple of days, quarter inch in radar, what's left from the showers last night long gone and out of our region. temperatures not too terribly cold. back up to your north and west, that is welcomed news. today and tomorrow will not be all that bitterly cold we have had. look at that. no winter storm watches, warnings, or advisories anywhere up to and including dallas-ft. wor worth. reasonable weather today. snowfall amounts have been fairly light. of course they're not used to getting any. that's the reason it caused problems. light rain on the north side of the red river in southern oklahoma. they may get light rain. temperatures back above the freezing mark. that will help matters quite a bit.
high pressure across the deep south is moving our way for today and for much of tomorrow as well. eventually that will give way and move offshore. a little wave of pressure staying well to our north. but the next larger storm system, which will have a grazing impact on us, coming up the coastline late monday night, tuesday morning. we might be on the edge. we might get a little light rain tuesday morning. but no accumulation is expected. so for today, morning clouds giving way to afternoon sunshine. on the whole, a pleasant day today. some folks will touch 50 degrees. tomorrow, increasing clouds. rain showers unlikely by late in the day tomorrow. probably around sundown, maybe a little thereafter. tuesday morning, a breezy and much colder day as arctic air shows signs of moving back into the area. highs in the 30s tuesday and wednesday. 20s on thursday. this storm looks like it will stay mostly to our south, northern edge of it. it might be enough to make the
ground white. keep a close eye on thursday. >> slow down the hating. >> and the hard feelings and the blame and all that stuff. >> thank you, chuck. >> all right. >> wizards put on a show at the verizon center. here's hakim dermish. good morning, everyone. sports minute begins with the wizards last night hosting the atlanta hawks. kirk passes to thornton. oh, my. see it again. oh, my, dunk. thornton finished with four points but it was the highlight of the night. crawford draws the attention of every wizard out to williams. wide open. wizards lose 99-92, eighth straight, their longest losing streak of the season. wizards lost nine straight to atlanta. down a level. georgetown hosting providence. freeman led the way for the hoyas with 23 points. brooks pumped into 33 points for
the fryers. chris wright steals it from brooks. georgetown hangs on to beat providence. hoyas have won six straight big east many games. maryland against wake forest. jordan williams show. 27 points, 15 rebounds. his 20th double-double leads the nation. maryland defeats wake forest, 91-70. congrats to gary williams. 664th career victory, tying the legendary john wooden. 15-8. 5-4 in the acc. george mason defeats old dominion. they have won nine in a row. football. hangman going to the hall of fame. former redskins linebacker was elected to the pro football hall of fame. he made the pro bowl nine times, the most by any player in redskins history. spent his entire 14-year career with washington from 1965 to 1978. he earned the nickname the hangman because he had a habit
of tackling high. he will be enshrined in canton in august. that's your sports minute. i'm hakim dermish. have a great day. >> next is reporters notebook, stories affecting our community. good morning. welcome to reporters notebook. making pepco pay. ward 4 d.c. council member introduced a bill to pay for city residents to stay in hotels or motels when the lights go out for extended periods of time. under her proposal, utilities would pay for overnight stays with when the mercury falls below 32 in winter or soars above 95 in summer if the power has been out for more than 24 hours. the bill comes on the heels of recent outages that left large numbers of residents in the cold for days on end. is this a good idea? >> well, probably a lot of people who went through the
horrendous occasion of having no electricity, like heat, et cetera, like me. but i'll take myself out of the argument now. those people might think this is a great idea. because they think somebody should pay. somebody who keeps promising they are going to do better next time and don't do better next time, in their view, something has got to be done. >> monitoring that and controlling the number of people who are claiming they should be put up in hotels? >> maybe. i could see some problems there. but then again, you have receipts and some documentation. because i know of some people that went to a hotel in montgomery county. they couldn't stay in the house because the house is electric. the heating they couldn't put up with. i talked to a young waitress at a restaurant downtown who said in her building in montgomery county it was shameful. a lot of latino families with little children, 5 and 6 years old, that went without
electricity for two and three days. so this bill is a good bill. i agree with dave. a lot of people will applaud bowser for doing this. >> obviously, one understands the intent but does it really solve the problem, which is an infrastructure problem. pass on costs to consumers about penalties apply. i'm not so sure it's a great idea. the other thing is where is the democracy to handle all this paperwork. >> as a prod, boost, threat, another threat, more pressure? >> the old adage maybe it's the stick that gets off the can. >> well, there's more prodding taking place, jerry. it would impose reliability standards. this would force utility companies to pay fines for poor
performance. chris van holland sent a letter to pepco's managers, ceos, saying enough is enough. >> and marion bowser isn't the only one on this tril. you have the new council meeting segu who is a council 34eb member at charge who also wants to do something about fining pepco. >> but dave, jerry, jim, are we bashing pepco? these -- >> pat, you can say -- let me tell you. i've been in this business a long time. when i saw the other night going to the president the way he did he spoke for millions of people in the area who suffered because they went without electricity more than 24 hours. her bill calls for 24 hours. o'malley is calling for fines. the fact is that these people went for days. i mean, you take a person who makes $40,000 a year.
they lost food. &they lost -- >> obviously there's going to be a lot of hyper ventilation and a lot of reaction to a thing like this. and angry people. the fact is, what's the record? we have had outages, we've had storms, we've had promises. and the consensus is pepco has dropped the ball, continues to drop the ball, doesn't seem to have a plan for the future. chris van holland said he would like to see a change at the top for pepco. these are not likely taken statements. people have had it. they want to do something. the question now is what kind of legislation, what kind of new rules will be brought in that really work. >> final word, jim. >> i think what we really need to be looking at is what will alleviate the problem. there's not much discussion. we're talking about infrastructure. if you live in a neighborhood where your electrical infrastructure is underground, you didn't lose your power. how do we transcend into the
21st century technology and who is going to pay for it becomes a real question. >> not only that, but buying the equipment, having the equipment ready, planning ahead. pepco is being called on not being ready, not working fast to get things done. that's not infrastructure. >> all right. we have to move o. striking down health care reform. a federal judge in florida has become the first to strike down the entire health reform law. the ruling by judge roger vincent is a more sweeping rejection of the law than the ruling handed down in december in virginia's case. the judge said the mandate requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional. what's your reaction? >> well, what that judge was concerned about is the idea that -- of the mandate. he said if the mandate is wrong, the entire piece is wrong. there are 25, 26 states that are enjoined in this suit.
>> 26. >> thank you, jerry. two have ruled in favor in terms of court action and two have ruled against. so we're a long way from where this is going to end up. >> of those 26 states, only one is a nonrepublican state. >> good point. >> the question now is what are the states who don't like this in view of these rulings going to do? and there's some evidence now that states are hoping implementation of the health care law. they're holding up on it where states that support the law are going ahead. we don't know what's happening in virginia yet. how far will virginia go as an opponent go to slow this whole thing down. >> red light cameras save lights. a new report by the insurance institute for highway safety says red light cameras are saving lives, reducing the number of fatal crashes at intersections where they're mounted by 26% alone in d.c. between 2004 and 2008. and according to the study, not
only where there improvements at intersections where the cameras are mounted, people were more likely to stop at other intersections. now, opponents dispute these findings, insisting cameras increase crashes, including rear-end collisions. they say the cameras are cash cows. what do you say? >> that's a crazy, crazy excuse. the cameras have worked. the study shows there are less fatalities because of these cameras. i might go out on a limb and say in all these neighborhoods i have seen people actually slow down sxich seen people drive better. the problem with it is the fact that a lot of people don't want to attend to the law. >> there's two different things. there's the speed cameras and the red light cameras. slowing down is not an issue for the red light cameras. the interesting thing is -- >> they'll go through a red light camera. >> we're not talking about the speeding cameras. we're talking red light cameras. the interesting thing is someone
will decide not to run a red light not because of the safety factor but because you'll get caught because there's a picture of your license plate. >> at the beginning there was a stop sign. the basic preventive measure for maybe centuries. if a cop sees them or someone reports them, they know that that's something they shouldn't do so they don't do it. the red light could be argued as the same thing. >> all right. we've got to take a break but we'll be right back. stay with us.
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t.r.i.p. is a research group. it estimates bad roads, congestion delays and crashes caused by both is costing maryland drivers $7 billion a year. dave, let me ask you this. the six-year reauthorization bill stalled in congress, what's a state to do. >> the bill is stalled. the problem is the federal cover is almost empty. every time you apply, especially with the resurgence on the hill you get a no. so you have to go back. it's the same old budget cutting. what can we cut back on that we can get -- not live with. we can live with doing and how can we find the money. same thing with education. same thing with social services. unfortunately, law enforcement. so far they haven't really found a way to do it. >> all the more reason why there's such a signature to the president's statement during the state of the union about the
american infrastructure. we're behind rush hour. we're behind european countries. but if you look at maryland you have some pretty bad roads. you look at ocean city. always a problem. you talk about 301 where there are the most accidents. and you can go up in laurel, 128. all these roads -- listen. talk about the baltimore-washington beltway and the capital beltway. >> infrastructure is very important. >> the president has encouraged people by saying what he's saying. you mentioned the president. it's true. we got lots of applause for encouraging investment and things like this. but where's the money. >> it was more than a matter of encouraging investments. it's framed in the context of all those manufacturing jobs gone now. people are making less than what we consider a decent range.
maybe the next wave of job creation in the country is rebuilding the infrastructure. one last point, there is discussion, and dave can help me out, increasing the debt ceiling. not only are you creating the infrastructu infrastructure. >> legalizing breast feeding. city council will soon consider a proposal that will allow breast feeding in public. >> this is a clarification of existing law. they feel that the public indecency law might cause people to feel they will get busted if they do this. this is a clarification of the law that permits this kind of opportunity. it isn't new grouped in the sense that they're making a special law to do this. they want to make sure it's handled properly.
>> and breast feeding is legal. >> yes, it is. all right. back on the job. park police chambers fought to get her job back as chief and she has. she's back on the job. my question to you is how will her return to the park police force impact the force? jim? >> the reason she left is because she said she didn't have the resource toss properly protect the washington enclave. >> well, when she said it, let's look at the conditions. this was under the bush administration. we first started hearing about terrorism. no one wanted to criticize the bush administration. this lady came out in the open and said what she needed. this is where the administration was failing. she was fired. >> that's right. she said it's all very well and good to protect these various
statute choo statue sps the park and you're not giving me enough money. the park is becoming a problem with gangs and vandalism. you've got to give me some help. and the charge -- her supporters say she was dispatched for that because she was a whistle blower. she made people feel uncomfortable because what she said was true. >> do you think there could be some resentment? >> i don't think so now. i think the conditioning, the environment is different, i would say. >> well, the challenge for her now is she's back and what's she going to do? >> the idea that somebody can't speak up against some egregious deficit is really, really troubling, especially when lives and property are at stake. >> those are troubling times, my dear friend. >> and they continue. as dave pointed out, there's a rash of robberies in those areas and we need protection. >> jim, jerry, dave, thanks,
guys. thank you for being with us. that's news 4 reporters notebook. news 4 continues. welcome back to news 4 today. i'm rarn gilchrist. >> i'm kimberly suiters. it is sunday, february 6th. the news is ahead. we want to join check bell live in the studio. i think we felt the wind this morning. that's chillier than we saw yesterday. >> no doubt about it. the air is dryer. the saturated air mass holds the moisture in, feels a little bit warmer today. colder, dryer air more importantly is blowing in on the northwesterly breezes. it feels chilly outside at times. outside right now look at that beautiful sunrishine over
washington. nice-looking day outside. temperatures are in the 30s. but it feels a little bit colder than that. 28 in culpepper. 37, winchester. 38 downtown. 38 in buoy this morning. 39 degrees in rockville, maryland. windchills in the upper 20s and low 30s. knock 10 degrees off the temperature to get to the feels-like factor. plenty of sunshine for today. temperatures at least 45 degrees around town. and i think more than a few neighborhoods especially south of washington will get close to 50 today. >> thanks, chuck. >> your welcome. >> the 13th day egyptians have a glimmer of hope dashed. rumors that president hosni mubarak was going to resign. it seems senior members of the leadership were the ones to step down. military forces are looking to
reop reopen square. there are rallies here in u.s. and in support of the demonstrations overseas. saturday, hundreds gathered outside the ee jimgz embassy calling for president mubarak to leave now. news 4's derrick ward has their story. >> we want justice, we want peace. >> reporter: organizers predicted thousands of demonstrators. though the numbers weren't that large, passion was. >> our protests are nothing. we are showing them we are stand anything solid date with them. >> >> for national security of the united states, democracy, and backing the people is the way. >> some of those protesters yesterday came from as far as away as detroit and toledo for the rally here in d.c.
finally thet met up with others to petition the president to put more pressure on mubarak. ironically, when the anti-mubarak protesters arrived there was already a group protesting. a convergence of causes not uncommon in washington. the most vocal were the anti-mubarak marchers. the notion they can demonstrate unmolested unlike their counterparts in egypt. >> here they are reflecting that they are friends and families views here. they are the people of egypt. so the brothers, sisters, cousins to tell what their brers and cousins and uncles are saying there. we hope president obama will hear this message. >> reporter: derrick ward, news 4.
a former student body president attacked in his own neighborhood says he's thankfully to be alive. he spoke exclusively to news 4. he was walking in northwest early last saturday morning when he was attacked. the robber took his cell phone and demanded his wallet. when he went to pick up the keys he was shot in the back. >> a lot of pain. i could feel my chest cavity kind of starting to lose air. it was a miracle that it didn't hit me. my spinal cord, other organs. i never thought i would be as close to death as i am. it feels great to be alive. >> amazing. police are still looking for the gunman responsible for this violent attack. andrew moved to d.c. after graduating from the university of south carolina where he was president of the student body. the navy admiral who fired an officer for broadcasting raunchy videos to other sailors
said the investigation has been completed. commander of fleet forces admiral john harvey says he'll review the investigation of the videos produced by captain owen honors. honors was featured in these videos in '06 and '07 and included anti gay slurs, bad language and other inappropriate images. harvey says the videos, quote, represented an unacceptable departure from navy standards. honors's lawyer issued a statement saying the captain was never ordered by his superiors to stop producing the video. family and friends around the country will get together for food, drinks, commercials and a game in there tonight too somewhere. police in our area want to make sure you're enjoying your super bowl party responsibly. virginia state police are stepping up patrols on highways between 8:00 tonight and 4:00 tomorrow morning, specifically targeting drunk drivers. maryland will also have special drunk driving task forces on the rootdz. police say partygoers should
have a designated driver picked before you go out and partythrowers through look out for those who want to hit the road when they have had too much to drink. one of the biggest super bowl parties will be at the white house. the beloved bears didn't quite make it to dallas but he invited more than 100 guests to watch the game. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, marc anthony and jennifer lopez will be at the white house tonight.
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more than 17 million passengers. during ronald reagan's eight years in office it was called the western white house. it has played host to some of the world's most prestigious leaders. >> we're looking at reagan's california ranch. patrick healy has the tour. >> reporter: from central santa barbara, it's 45i-minute ride up a twisting, steep and bumpy road into an idyllic patch of history. the ranch of the sky. president reagan's western white house. occasionally during his presidency from 1981 to 89, mr. reagan invited reporters to the ranch. but most often this was his getaway place for r and r with his beloved wife nancy. >> he did build these fences by hand. he was hands-on here at the ranch. he dug the post holes for these fences, which is no small feat. really became part of -- he became part of the ranch in that
way. >> that's the first thing that strikes you when you enter the adobe, how small and unassuming it is for the western white house, the vacation home of the president of the united states. >> we know that gorbachev was a bit surprised to see such a small and humble home for a president. >> even after an early add-on, the home still has less square footage than many a suburban tract home. not even a new tv for the leader of the western world. >> i think that it really speaks a lot about ronald reagan and the fact that had you grown up in the depression era in particular that you don't get rid of something if it still works. >> who needs central heating with old-fashioned wood-burning fireplaces. >> the president very kindly knelt down and built a fire for the queen of england. >> reporter: for the president of the united states, of course, there's no such thing as total vacation. but what the ranch brought mr.
reagan were moments of respite. >> you can see since you are here now that once you sit here and look out over the vista, there's nothing that's more calming and peaceful than being here at the ranch. >> and you can't get more different than washington, d.c. and the white house. be sure to tune in later this morning for a special edition of meet the press. david gregory will be live at the reagan library. he will speak to chief of staff james baker. 15 before the hour. chuck is here with us. relatively warm. comparatively. >> you don't even have to take the dog out this morning. it's really cold. >> it's the wind. it's the wind and the dryer air compared to yesterday. temperatures really aren't so bad this morning. upper 40s in many locations. i'm optimistic you will enjoy your sunday afternoon because it will be filled with sunshine. what about the rest of the week? details are next. drink in the rich, bold taste...
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that's okay. we don't mind a bit of a windchill. upper 20s to near 30 degrees. a little bit of a bundle up factor this morning and you'll be just fine. this afternoon, we should have abundant sunshine. that will allow temperatures to, believe it or not, get all the way back to average. feels good to be average once in a while, doesn't it? clearing sky out there. still some clouds lingering overhead. these are not rain-making clouds. more importantly, these are clouds outbound, not inbound. here's mr. lincoln's memorial on the western edge of the reflecting pool. beautiful morning outside. 38 degrees at national airport. dewpoints back into the mid-20s. humidity, 59%. northwest wind at 10 miles per hour. 36 in frederick, maryland. 36 in baltimore. 38 down towards huntington and chesapeake beach. 30 in fredericksburg and stafford. no rain or precipitation of any kind for us today. for at least the front half of the day tomorrow.
no bitter arctic air just yet. boy, there's cold air coming our way. it starts to arrive here late monday night and through the course of the day tuesday. temperature changes, chick up 20 degrees from where they were 24 hours ago. dallas, 20 degrees. here's an area of low pressure. could bring still a little bit of rain. might mix in with a little bit of ice in the dallas fort worth area. the game is indoors so the super bowl will not be impacted for us. a little bit more sunshine today. as a result, warmer than yesterday by 3 to 5 degrees. area of low pressure up to our north. more importantly, as this area of low pressure comes up the koeflt and moves away from the eastern united states, during the day on tuesday, that really opens it flood gates for the cold stuff to come down from eastern canada. sunshine this afternoon. highs in the 40s. tomorrow, another mostly dry day. but we will have a risk of rain
showers moving in 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 tomorrow evening. just on the leading edge of colder air. highs into the 30s for tuesday and wednesday. thursday does still need to be watched. an abundance of cold air. next one on thursday looks to be staying too far out to sea to do us any harm but it will be close enough. >> thank you, chuck. as officials pull aside tomorrow when to reschedule a rivalry basketball game after a big drawl. take a look. fans from adult city college high and edmonhammonton. some fans stomped on others. authorities suspended the game with just five minutes left. some say tempers flaired when fans from both sides taunted each other.
there were no reports of anyone charged with a crime. a good day for local college hoops teams. good morning, everyone. if there's anything positive from the wizards's woes it's in. the more losses that pile up the more ping pong balls they will earn in the draft lottery. last night the wizards were paddled by the atlanta hawks. nick young and the wizards riding a seven-game losing streak. first quarter, atlanta up by seven. john wall drives, passes. it's stolen by crawford. pushes it to smith for the breakaway dunk. 16 rebounds. second quarter, wizards hanging in there. nick young pokes the ball free. gets it to kirk. passes back to al thornton. oh, my. look out below. see it again. thornton post rises. thornton finished with four points. wasn't the highlight of the night. late third quarter.
tied at 64. john wall alley-oop to nick young many wizards take a two-point lead. one of six players in double figures. they still had to play the fourth. atlanta takes over. crawford draws the attention of every wizard. they lose 99-92, eighth straight. longest streak of the season. wizards lost nine straight to atlanta. earlier at verizon center yesterday. the home team sent their fans home happy. georgetown needed every second against providence but the hoyas got the job done, winning their sixth straight game. rocking the ski goggles ready for snowmageddon. providence taurns it over. julian vaughan to freeman for the bucket. freeman finished with 23 points. hoyas led by as many as 18. under eight minutes to go, lead to two. wide open in the paint. throws it down. plus the foul. just over three minutes.
providence making a run. brooks buries the three. gets fouled too. brooks pumped in 33 points, fifth highest total in a big east game. five seconds now. hoyas up to. last chance for the fryers. brooks tries to bring the ball to thornton against the pressure. i don't think so. chris wright where the steal. game over. georgetown hangs on to beat providence, 83-81. hoyas won six straight big east games. comcast center. hulkamania. second half. terps up 46-36. mosley with the sweet pass. jordan williams. what you going to do, brother? monster dunk. maryland up 12. later, jordan williams doing what he did in previous pictures. maryland in complete control. how about some more jordan williams? why not? loose ball. gets the rebound. one of 15 in the game. adrian buoy leads the break. gives it back to williams. sophomore finishes with 27 points. his 20th double-double. leads the nation.
maryland defeats wake forest. terps improve to 15-8. 5-4 in the acc. in fairfax, george mason hosting old anyone yon. ban director fired up for this one. andre cornelius throws it up to mike morrison for the one-handed dunk. mason leads by three at half-time. second half, more mason. ryan pierson in the paint. nice inside pass. talented young man. george mason down. 62-45. patriots have won nine straight, improve to go 11-2 in the caa. high school football. cyrus quan joe, number one offensive tackle verbally committed to auburn but never sent in his letter of intent. last night he sent his letter to rival alabama where he will join his brother. hangman is going to the hall of
fame. former redskins linebacker chris hanburger. he made the pro bowl nine times, the most by any player in redskins history. spent his entire 14-year career with washington from 1965 to 1978. he was an 18th round draft pick who developed into one of the greatest in the game. earned his nickname the hangman because he had a habit of tackling high. here's a look at the 2011 class. los angeles rams linebacker les richter. also a nascar executive died last summer at the age of 79. super bowl 20 mvp, richard department. colts and rams running back marshall faulk. shannon sharp. and defensive back deion sanders. one season for the redskins. probably the most disappointing of his career. also, nfl films founder ed
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good morning. welcome back to news 4 today. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm kimberly suiters. all the news just ahead. first, though, we want to check in with meteorologist chuck bell because we have our weekend and weeklong forecast. >> yeah. >> it's chilly out there, but not for january. >> or february. >> shoot. had to remind us. >> that's all right. i dated my first check 2010 the other day. i was doing so well. i was asleep upstairs. such is life. outside, a little bit of
sunshine on our way. more sun as the day wears on. continues to take leave of the washington area. it's 37 degrees down at ronald reagan washington national airport. it would have been his 100th birthday. 36 degrees up in the beautiful panhandle of west virginia. 30 in fredericksburg. a little cooler south and west. the skies have cleared up a little bit earlier. windchills in the upper 20s, low 30s. highs today with subsiding winds. up into the mid-40s. tomorrow, increasing clouds. showers likely by the end of the day tomorrow. then colder weather sets up shop once again. tuesday looks like a very blustery and cold day. sunshine for wednesday. a careful on for thursday with a chance of snow. >> thank you, chuck. >> okay. >> a look at some of your top stories this morning. firefighters say a 4-year-old boy died possibly because of the bars on the windows of his southeast apartment. the fire happened friday night on buena vista terrace.
fire crews aren't sure if the building had working smoke detectors. two u.s. hikers held in iran are in court this morning. they were arrested in july of '09 on the iran/iraq border accused of spying. a third hiker was arrested but released on bail in september. in egypt, rumors that president hosni mubarak were going to resign were untrue. military mors are looking to reopen tahrir square as protesters camp out on the square for the 13th day of protests. next is nbc 4's viewpoint. >> back in a few minutes with an update. good morning, everyone, welcome to viewpoint. i'm jim hanley. the issue of concussions and young athletes. joining us in the studio we have a panel of experts with us. we have dr. trout, chair of the department of neurology at howard university college of
medicine. joseph, president of the brain injury association of d.c., and jay lafayette carter, student athletes for education opportunities inc. their first annual conference is coming up on february 19th. welcome to you all. thank you for coming in. great to see you. let's start out for our viewers with a definition. what is a concussion? >> a concussion is a brain injury resulting from trauma to the brain. so they are sometimes called minor traumatic brain injuries but it is essentially damage to the brain because of an injury. >> it doesn't necessarily involve unconsciousness, is that right? >> that's right. at the motel ment of assault to brain, there's a change in mental status, being dazed, confused, disoriented but doesn't require a loss of consciousness. how long before symptoms start to show themselves? can it be like immediate or days
or weeks? >> it's actually immediate. most of the time when you have a traumatic brain injury, which is important, which is sustained brain damage, the child immediately is a little woozy, a little dazed. after 20 minutes if it is what we call grade 1 or more than 20 minutes we are a little more concerned because the chances for having prolonged problems is greater. and then there's also loss of consciousness. some of these systems start right away but they may continue for months, weeks, and even years. >> we're seeing an increase in the number of young people, particularly athletes, coming into emergency rooms. is that what you're seeing and how much is associated with sports of all kinds really? >> well, according to the cbc, 9.3 million young student athletes experience concussion each year. what they found in the study is
that females, girls, are more susceptible and it takes them longer to recover from concussions. but it is a wide open study. it is still just beginning to open a can of worms so to speak to really dive into the various aspects of how widespread it is. >> are there sports to lead to injuries more so than others? >> even though you have girls playing racket -- football and soccer, it was a normal thing to think that it was just contact sports, meaning football. moung females and males. it's not just one particular sport. it's widespread. >> if you look at -- to pick up
on a point that was made, if you look at sports or how a concussion can occur, it doesn't necessarily have to be from a contact, an actual blow to the head. it can be a jolt to the head if you look at the iraqi situation where the bombs and there's a blast. it can be from a fall. it can be caused by rapid acceleration or deceleration. so these are ways that the brain can be injured and cause a concussion. >> the symptoms, doctor, can present themselves differently in boys and girls, is that right? >> not particularly. >> okay. >> i think boys and girls have similar symptoms. but the number in boys we see is greater for the simple reasons there are many more boys that suffer traumatic brain injury. they have more prolonged
concussion syndrome. >> you mentioned nausea. what are other signs that say a coach or student athlete should be looking for. >> if you see some type of disorientation. you're dazed, confused, unaware of where you are, your surroundings. you got your bell running, so to speak. that's the immediate expectation when you have a traumatic brain injury or concussion. on the field or what have you. from there there can be disorientation that continues. you can have nausea, vomiting, memory, concentration problems, inability to read or follow conversations. there are emotional components to it as well, a change in behavior, a change in sleep. >> you can sleep more or less. >> you may find situations where you have a change in smell and
taste as well depending on the nature and extent of the concussi concussion. >> we have a lot more to get to. we want to put up a phone number. it's happening on february 19th. we have a big hearing we want to talk about too. a bill that's before the d.c. city council. we'll get to all of that when we come back. stay with us. drink in the rich, bold taste... of premium roast coffee -- 100% arabica beans. it's so rich, but so just a dollar. on the dollar menu st. and that's what we'rma of. ♪ ba da ba ba ba
my sistersundays are just tofor watching football. believe that? [ thinking ] relax. you ordered off mcdonald's dollar menu at breakfast. everything's so good and just a buck. so go. he's a jerk. [ thinking ] the simple joy of being smart. ♪ there's a big conference coming up on february 19th at howard university. coach, i want to ask you about that. it is the safia organization. tell people what your organization is all about and what it's doing at this is all about. >> we provide educational career
and health services for student athletes. so we started this conference by having a great reading with the national medical center who gave us a lot of guidance, how to approach it. and our full focus is basically provide and alert d.c. coaches, student athletes, parents, stakeholders, team physicians, the aspects of concussions. so we provided a great panel. joe here is going to be one of our key speakers. he's going to be there. we have folks from the cbc. dr. yvette brooks, team physician is going to be providing education. we encourage people to come out and ask questions and learn more about it. howard university, saturday, february 19th from 8:00 to 6:00.
you can go to our website. i hope they can pull that up for you. >> we'll put your phone number up. >> give us a call. we would be more than happy to provide that information. i want to thank joe camellotta. >> that's right, joe. let's bring you in here. because that hearing is coming up on the 10th. this is some break through legislation here. and it involves getting kids off the field. and it's a three-pronged piece of legislation that we're talking about, right? >> athlete concussion act of 2011. it was sponsored by many members of the d.c. council, including council members mendelson, thomas and catania. as the coach says, it is february 10th. what the legislation does, the three components are as follows. if an athlete is suspected of
sustaining a concussion in either practice or play, that athlete must be removed from the field or the practice area. this next component is return to play. when can the athlete return? well, after evaluation and approval, written approval by someone who is trained and experienced in the evaluation and treatment of people with concussions. and the third important component is training. training of coaches. training of parents. training of students as to what a concussion is and how it can be avoided. if you have one, what you need to do to protect yourself from any long-term effects. >> doctor, speak to the fact that if you stay in a game or a practice and you suffer concussion or you're going back into the sport too early and you're not completely healed and perhaps get a second concussion on top of that. the magnitude of that risk is tre men to us. >> absolutely. you know, if you have second
impact syndrome, as it's called, you're not fully healed and you get another concussion the combined effect may be much worse for the patient. so the outcome that we're talking about, chronic syndromes, those are much more likely than when you have back-to-back injuries to the brain without recovery. >> when a child, student, teenager is brought into an emergency room or to the doctor, how do you folks determine that they do, indeed, have a concussi concussion? is it mri, cat scan or what? >> no. it's history. we talk to the patient. we find out what was the situation. because sometimes the patients don't remember. they say, i don't know what happened. sometimes they don't even say they don't know what happened because they're afraid we may keep them away from the game. so some of them are kind of almost -- they feel the urge to say nothing has happened to them because they want to get back into play. i think that type of competition makes them, you know, unlikely
to tell you the whole story. so you want to know from the athletes, the coach, from people who saw him. was there change. if he was woozy or dazed or he showed some incoordination he went to the wrong team. all those are indications that he was disoriented. that means he did suffer concussion. now, a cat scan can be perfectly normal. an mri could be perfectly normal. you may not see the swelling. the swelling is very much of the axons from the newer rons, so basically they're swelling right along the brain cells. >> is it something that would show up maybe not instantly but a week or two or days down the road? >> not the injury. but the impact syndrome, from the impact. the prolonged periods of disorientation, confusion.
the things that are just described a few moments ago. those can be very prolonged. and they have been people who were dropped from an a student to becoming a c and d student without knowing why it happened. there have been patients who continue to have confusion, headaches, dizziness ongoing for many, many days. and there's one thing we have to also kind of -- we have to emphasize. that is many times we get physical left but we forget about cognitive. we have to allow the patient not to be stressed out. >> over their studies. >> yes. >> over their studies and reading. i think the brain needs to recover cognitively and physically. physical trauma you need recovery. >> we have to take a quick break. as we go to break, joe, tell us the web address where people with find out more. >> thank you. it's bia a dc.org.
biadc.org. >> conference coming up again february 19th. 629-1166 to find out more about that howard conference. and a big week again ahead on february 10th. you have the hearing before the you [ son ] my parentsefore the always lived in the states, until my dad transferred to istanbul. they settled in quickly, found their local deli, a few shortcuts and a neighborhood hangout.
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last september. banks and businesses are expected to be open today for the first time in two weeks. here in d.c., many streets will be closed for the chinese new year parade. if you plan to going to the caps/pens game you might not want to take your car. 8th street will be closed. all streets in red will be closed from 1:30 to 3:30. welcome back to viewpoint. again, we're talking about concussions among young athletes. coach carter we were talking a little bit about the pressure young people feel to get back in the game, get back into practice. whether they feel it among their peers or perhaps their parents. how great is that? how tough a hurdle is that to overcome. >> unfortunately for me, i don't know nothing about that. i played linebacker. i used to give out the pain. i'm a former student athlete. i played linebacker.
yeah, there is a lot of pressure, you know, because you have your teammates, your coaches. get back in there. you're all right. don't worry about it. go to sleep tonight. you'll be all right. take your time and you'll be all right later on tonight. there's a lot of pressure. you want to get back on the field. the next person to take your position. you want to make sure you're a tough guy, that you can handle it. but that's the dilemma. that student athletes face. but historically the nfl considers a concussion a mild injury. but now they are realizing it is so widespread among the league they have posters inside every locker room alerting their players on the dangers and the risk factors associated with concussion. >> seems to me this is a whole education campaign that we're just coming to terms with right now. there's no such thing as a harmless concussion, right? is there?
every concussion should be taken seriously. >> absolutely. >> a concussion is a brain injury, period. there is no doubt about that. and you have to treat it as what it is, a brain injury. and so a key component, as you've mentioned, is the education of both colleges -- not both. the group of people that affect the lives of student athletes. coaches, parents, teachers, other professionals. so it's important that people understand just what a concussion is and what its long-term impact can be if it goes untreated or uncared for. >> doctor, how does one heal? is it just something that takes time and it's a natural process? >> yes. it is nature healing. there's really nothing that can change the path of what happens to the brain. the brain heals itself. but you have to give the brain time to heal itself. you can treat symptoms.
headaches, yes, you can give medication. but you can't really have the brain heal unless it's able to heal itself. so at this point we do not have any particular specific medications to treat. but we watch out for possible complications like hemorrhage in the brain. >> what type of permanent or long-term cognitive risk is there? dement dementia, say, later in life. >> well, that may be. that's right. and you've seen that and there's that discussion with the nfl. there have been studies about athletes suffering repeat concussions and having that problem long term. but in terms of the everyday person, being an athlete or be it somebody else in a car crash or some other traumatic event, the impact of the concussion can be, despite its name called
"mild," the impact can be very, very significant and life changing. such as having problems with cognition. i just don't remember things like i used to. i just can't understand you like i could before. i have difficulty reading. problems with relationships in terms of, boy, you're ahe's an aggressive person now. his personality has changed. or we see in terms of a concussion the inhibitions have been lowered. so you might see a -- you might be thinking to yourself privately, oh, there's something wrong with that person. if you now have an impact of a concussion you might be apt to say, hey, you know, you don't look so good. that discretion has evolved. so there are long-term consequences that can result. >> does a young brain heal differently than an adult brain, doctor? >> people used to say that the young brain is plastic and
therefore it has the potential to heal faster and better. by the same token, a young brain is more susceptible to brain injury. because it's still growing, the fact that if you injure the brain at some developmental point you may not develop the further changes that are necessary for progression. cognitive function. so learning disabilities is another area that may be affected. the other thing is also depression. you know they may become irritable. some of them may be really depressed. >> there's a whole list of emotional. >> we'll take a quick break and come back to get to more. stay with us. [ dog barking ] mom!
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but do you see a lot of this today? what's the biggest mistake that some parents make, coaches make and athletes make? >> when i played in high school, that was back in the '80s. so they didn't even treat concussions. it wasn't even thought delving deep into the long-term effects or even the immediate effects of student athletes experiencing concussion. >> we were talking during the break equipment certainly helps. helmets have improved. you were talking about something else coming down the pike. >> there's a company out in seattle x2 impact. they created a mouthpiece that is the shock sensory mouthpiece that the player, once he engages into a major collision, it sends intensity level signals back to the coach's clipboard. that coach will then determine whether he wants that player to stay in the game or come on to the sideline and be evaluated.
it's ground breaking. it's something that's new. i just started speaking with these guys. they're trying to make bids with the nfl and other sports professional teams to see how they can get it out there. >> joe, you mentioned a lot of people and a lot of people remember natasha richardson. it was a ski fall she took i think on a beginner slope. she felt fine afterwards. oftentimes i would think that happens. and then she died. >> right. and she had a brain bleed. you do feel fine. maybe she felt a little shook up, disor yenlted or woozy. just played it off. no, i'm okay. i'm going to keep on going. what we're trying to say is a concussi concussion, i'll say it again, is a brain injury. you have to recognize it as such. you have to respect it and treat it as such. the failure to do so can have significant consequences, life-altering problems or even
death. and so in terms of a promotion for the athletic concussion protection act i think that goes a long way for parents, professionals and others to meet their special responsibility to this vulnerable population. >> and, again, doctor, in terms of treating, a lot of times it's just heal itself and don't put yourself back on the field or through intensive stressful studying and things like that where you're required to focus mentally on things. how often does surgery come into play where that's required? >> if you have hemorrhage, hemorrhage can be life threatening. that is a neurosurgical emergency. there are many types of hemorrhages. the one that advances rapidly is a blood clot outside the brain underneath the skull.
that is a bleed that can pump blood into that space so rapidly that within an hour, hour and a half it can go rapidly downhill. that is a neurosurgical emergency. >> sure. >> but then you may have a bleed that's relatively slow in the subdural. that, too, needs neurosurgical attention. the bleeds usually are not treated unless there's increased pressure and the blood is superficial. then decompression can be done. >> we're all out of time. you know, we talk about young athletes but you have all made the grownups more aware this morning. and i think that's where it starts, getting us all aware and educated on this. we thank you so much for your expertise and coming in sharing your insights with us. we thank you for watching news 4 viewpoint. now back to news 4 today. enjoy the rest of your weekend, everybody.
good morning, everyone. welcome to news 4 today. i'm kimberly suiters. >> it is sunday, february 6th, 2011. let's take a look outside if we can. a relatively warm start to the day if you're looking at the incomes. not so much if you step out and feel the sun is coming up. >> sometimes it makes it feel a little cooler as chuck has been talking about. it's dry air as popposed to the wet air that gets into our skin. d we learn anything, chuck? >> dry air is definitely cooler than moist air. temperatures this morning mostly in the 30s. a little bit of a breeze blowing. 37 dlt. windchills, though, thanks to a little bit of a breeze mostly in the upper 20s to near 30 degrees. chilly day. typical by february standards. highs today near 45 with
increasing amounts of sunshine. tomorrow clouds come back. a little chance of rain late monday night. >> great running weather, i would imagine. >> you can even run in the studio. i former student body president shot in the back during a robbery is sharing his student with news 4. andrew was calling to a take-out restaurant when he was attacked. his or deal highlights a disturbing trend of violence in his d.c. community. darcy spencer has a news 4 exclusive. >> i feel great to be alive. >> doctors say 24-year-old andrew is lucky to be alive after being shot in the bank during a street robbery.
he got off metrobus 3:00 saturday morning. he was walking in northwest to the full young chinese food restaurant talking on his cell phone. >> right about here. probably grabbed my phone. >> that's when he was robbed in a quick yet violent encounter with a gunman. >> he had my phone in his left hand. he had a revolver in his right hand. >> forced him to hand over his wallet and took car keys out of his wallet. he threw the keys to the ground. he was shot in the back when he picked them up. >> i could feel my chest heavy, starting to lose air. went in through the liver, up
through the chest cavity, into the lungs. >> he ran a block to the late night restaurant. manager eric chiu called police. >> he said somebody shot me. >> he came to washington after graduating from the university of south carolina where he was president of the student body. he came here to build a career and a future. >> there must be a disconnect, bringing light to these problems. >> he says he doesn't hold a grudge against the man who shot him. he said he would like to help him if he could and hopes by telling his story it will bring attention to this neighborhood. darcy spencer, news 4 today. this morning two american hikers held in iran will go on trial. shane bauer and josh fattal were arrested in july 2009 along the iraq/iran border.
they say they were on a hiking trip but iran accused them of spying. sarah shourd was also arrested but released on bail and returned to the u.s. in september. lawyers have not been able to meet with the hikers since her release but are confident the accusations will be proved baseless. traffic alert for you if you're headed to chinatown. in this case it's the opposite. caps are preparing to battle the pens at the verizon center later today f. you're going downtown for the game, you'll want to take public transportation. many spreets will be closed. agent street will be closed from 1:30 to 3:30, all the streets in red will also be closed. the game between the capitals and penguins starts at 12:30. catch it right here on nbc 4. families and friends all
over the country will get together for food, drinks, commercials and of course there's a big game tonight too. police in our area want to make sure you're acting responsibly. virginia state police are stepping up patrols between 8:00 tonight and 4:00 tomorrow morning, specifically targeting drunk drivers. maryland will also have special drunk driving task forces on the roads. police say partygoers should have a designated driver picked before you go. partythrowers should look out for those who have had a little bit too much to drink. was it enough to pull off a win? >> here's hakim dermish with sports. >> all right. we'll have hakim later on. a dedicated nfl fans traveled hundreds of miles to be add today's super bowl. >> why one man who never missed a big game has to sit out this year. >> reduce, reuse, recycle. a local student found a way to get that message across.
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it's 7:39 right now. now we will show you highlights from the wizards game. >> here's hakim dermish. >> good morning, everyone. your sports minute begins with the wizards. last night hosting the atlanta hawks. second quarter, wizards hanging in there. curt passes to thornton. oh, my. see it again. oh, my dunk. thornton finished with 4 points. it wasn't the highlight of the night. well, atlanta takes over in the fourth quarter. crawford draws the attention of
every wizard. wide open. wizards lose 99-92. their eighth straight. their longest losing streak of the season. wizards lost nine straight to atlanta. down a level. georgetown hosting providence. 23 points. meantime brooks pumped in 43 points for the fryers. providence had a chance to win it. chris wright steals it from brooks. that's it. georgetown hangs on to beat providence, 83-81. hoyas won six straight big east games. college park, maryland against wake forest. jordan williams show. 27 points, 15 rebounds. his 20th double-double leads the nation. maryland beats wake forest. congrats to gary williams. 664th career victory, tying the legendary john wooden. 5-4 in the acc. also, george mason defeats old dominion. they have won nine in a row. football now. hangman is going to the hall of fame.
former redskins linebacker was elected to the pro football hall of fame. he made the pro bowl nine times, the most by any player in redskins history. spent his entire 14th-year career with washington from 1965 to 1978. he earned the nickname the hank man because, well, he had a habit of tackling high. he will be enshrined in canton in august. that's your sports minute. i'm hakim dermish. have a great day. >> fans from baltimore city college high and edmonhammonton west got in a fight. this happened in the stands friday night. police had to come in with pepper spray to break up the punching. some fans stomped on others. authorities suspended the game with five minutes left to play. some say tempers flared when fans from both teams started taunting each other. no reports of anyone charged
with a crime. athletic officials will decide if that game will be finished. it looked like not just fans but a player too. very ugly. yeah. >> from a display of brutality in the high school gym to a display of creativity. >> a northern virginia teenager has some help paying for college now thanks to his artistic abilities. he is the big winner in its academic 50th anniversary reusable bag design contest. the young man, also known as boone, is a george mason high school junior. he wins a $1,500 scholarship and his design will be used at giant supermarkets. >> boone had to incorporate three elements.
giant colors. "it's academic" and a reference to the 50th anniversary. you will be able to get one of his bags this spring. in france, they had a chance to bid on cars for the rich and famous. they aubz said off cars that once belonged to heads of state. sales totals more than $10 million. today is your last chance to see the newest and coolest cars at the washington convention center. you can play the price is right. test out cars from general motors and kia and meet d.c. united mascot. the 2011 show had more than 700 new makes and models from 42 different manufacturers >> the "today" show is coming up next on nbc 4. it's 7:43 right now. the show starts at 8:00. >> lester holt is live in amman, jordan. good morning, lester.
>> kimberly and aaron, good morning. good to see both of you. we're in jordan covering events of next door, egypt. what could be a very significant moment in the uprising. new reports of negotiations to end the crisis. they follow the resignations of key members of egypt's ruling party. the very latest in all of this. back home, celebrating the life of ronald reagan. today would be his 100th birthday. we get a revealing look at the reagan presidential library. lindsay lohan could be headed back to jail. she could be arrested for allegedly stealing a necklace. we'll talk about that >> then, what we're all waiting for. not just the super bowl but the million dollar ads aired during the game. we'll have them right here for you. those stories and much more when we see later on today. our big challenge is finding a place, a, we can watch the super bowl in the middle of the night
and, b, that can kefsh a decent buffalo wings and nachos. coming up now 15 before the hour. chuck is here looking at the forecast this morning. >> yeah. a little bit of a chill outside first thing this morning. not such a bad day. sunshine is back. that's the most important thing. we get to keep it for most of our super sunday. a complete check of your forecast and on down into the work and school week. stay tuned. dinner's ready!
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bad. >> i knew. i knew. >> could you tell i didn't do very well in school? good looking day. a rather gloomy saturday. plenty of clouds saturday. didn't add up to a whole lot. today we don't have to worry about rain at all. outside on your sunday morning, sun is shining now. mostly clear sky. peeking around our city camera there. i've seen a few clouds from time to time. these are outbound clouds. we won't need to worry about those too long longer. mostly blue sky out there on your horizon. so that is good news. outside, temperatures are in the 30s in washington. 37 in ronald reagan national airport on his 100th birthday. northwest wind at 7. windchill down at 32 degrees.
temperatures a little bit cooler back across the virginia piedmont. washington virginia, 20s. thid-30s in lower southern maryland. 36 degrees. no rain. check of the radar. no bitter cold air just yet. just off the top of your screen, very cold air in eastern canada. unfortunately for us an area of low pressure late tomorrow will unlock the linchpin. as a result cold air will come spilling into the eastern u.s. 20 for our temperature change. not a big change around here. warmer air back out across the plains states. lucky for dallas, texas. they've been above freezing in the red river valley. doesn't look like anything
compared to the week they have had. so for us high pressure building on in. a warmer day as well with highs in the mid and upper 40s. two areas of low pressure will unlock the cold air. first wave of low pressure way up to our north and have very little impact on us. however, back don to the south, an area of low pressure up the coastline. through the day tomorrow. it's going to stay far enough off the coast where we won't get a lot of precipitation. it will really start to turn on the wind machine. tuesday will be blusty as the cold air spills back in. for today clouds around first thing this morning. temperatures up into the 40s. tomorrow, clouds coming back into the picture. not a lot of rain expected. as we get into tuesday, cold and windy weather as the cold air comes spilling back into the
area. another chance for some winter weather on thursday. the thursday storm may be staying far enough off the coast where you don't need a lot of snow but we'll get some snow. so we'll watch it carefully. >> very good. >> could the wizards follow suit? >> hakim dermish has a busy saturday of sports. good morning, everyone. if there's anything positive it's this. the more losses that pile up the more ping pong balls in the draft lottery. nick young and the whiz arz riding a seven-game losing stream. john wall drives, passes approximately but it's stolen by crawford. to smith for the breakaway dunk. went for 29 points, 16 rebounds. second quarter, wizards hanging in there.
nick young pokes the ball free. gets it to kirk. passes back to al thornton. oh, my. look out below. see it again. thornton finished with four points. late third quarter. wizards still in the game. alley-oop to nick young. two-point lead. 21 points. they still had to play the fourth. crawford draws the attention. williams wide open. wizards lose 99-92. wizards have also lost nine straight to atlanta. earlier at verizon center the home team sent their fans home happy. the hoyas got the job done, winning their sixth straight game in the big east. rocking 9 ski goggles for
snowmageddon. julian vaughan ahead to freeman for the bucket. finished with 23 points. hoyas led by as many as 18. vaughan wide open in the paint. 14 points, 11 rebounds. just over three minutes. brooks buries the three. fifth highest total in a big east game. four-point game after the free throw. five seconds now. last chance for the fryers. brooks tries to bring it against the pressure. i don't think so. chris wright with the steal. game over. georgetown beats providence, 83-81. comcast center, hulkamania. 46-36. mosley with the sweet pass. what are you going to do, brother?
later, jordan. maryland in complete control. more williams. why not? loose ball. gets the rebound. one of 15 in the game. sophomore finishes with 27 points. leads the nation. maryland defeats wake forest. congrats to gary williams. 664th career victory tying wooden. 15-8. 5-4. george mason hosting old dominion. fired up for this one. late first half. patriots with the ball. cornelius throws it up to morris for the one-handed dunk. mason leads by three at half-time. second half. more mason. nice inside pass to morrison here. talented young man. 62-45. 11-2 in the caa.
cyrus, the nation's number one offensive tackle verbally committed to auburn on national tv wednesday but never sent in his letter of intent. he sent it in to alabama where he will join older brother. former redskins linebacker chris hanberger elected to hall of fame. he earns a spot in canton, ohio. he made the pro bowl nine times, the most by every player. spent his entire 14-year career from 1964 to 1978. 18th round draft pick who developed one of the greatest in the game. earned his nickname because he has a habit of tackling high. just imagine if he were playing now. all right. here's a look at the 2011 class. los angeles rams linebacker richter. he was also a nascar executive. died last summer at the age of
79. super bowl 20 mvp. rich dent. colts and rams. faulk. shannon sharp and deion sanders played one season for the redskins. probably the most disappointing of his career. also into the hall of fame, nfl films founder enshrined in august. michael vick ap's nfl comeback player of the year award. that's your morning sports. i'm hakim dermish. have a great day. the football faith in texas have had to deal with stuff outside the stadium. >> snow and falling ice. fans are getting a chance to party. jay gray from arlington texas. what a difference a day makes. sunshine replacing snow and ice in north texas and giving the most important super bowl team a chance to play on the field 300
feet above the ground. >> we have roughly 30 people taking care of ice and snow removal. >> ropes and houses chipping away at the roof of cowboys stadium. of course winter weather was not the original game plan for the first super bowl in texas. >> this is a fiasco for dallas. >> know and ice blitzing the big party and sacking local businesses, leaving empty tables and restaurants and open spots in bars. >> it was slower than anticipated. you know, i think the weather is warm enough like it is, a lot of phone calls and volume we're having, i think it's going to turn right around. >> finally giving the die-hard fans something other than the weather to yell about. >> but thousands could be screaming about the conditions again later today. the forecast is for temperatures in the 30s with a wintery mix with snow, rain, and even some sleet. jay gray, nbc news, arlington,
texas. you probably have seen some commercials leading up to the super bowl about four men who have gone to every big game, all 44 of them. >> well, one of the four will see his streak snap this year, unfortunately. bob cook lives in wisconsin. he is a rabid packers fan. he's been ill for several months and hospitalized. late thursday night he made what he called the heartbreaking decision not to go to super bowl xlv in dallas but the cook family will still be represented as his daughters will go to his game in his place. >> it was bittersweet. i'm excited to go. but at the same time we wish he was there. >> she's excited to go, yeah. for years the has set aside chickens at face fall. he hopes to be well enough for next year's super bowl at
indianapolis. >> a huge flat screen tv. >> absolutely. >> that's it for news 4 today. we'll be back in 25 minutes with a local news update. >> of course you can join us at 9:00 a.m. for a full hour of news. the "today" show follows us live from amman, jordan and of course, new york. see you in a bit.